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WAR SEEMS INEVITABLE,
Unless Spain Backs Down the War Will
ARMED INTERVENTION BUT NOT
The President is Sustained in His Posi?
tion of Not Recognizing Independence
of Cuba and the Insurgent Govern?
Yesterday the Senate foreign relations
committee submitted a report finding
Spain guilty of the blowing up of the
Maine and declaring for armed interven?
tion. The minority resolutions were pre?
sented with the report calling for the rec?
ognition of Cuban independence.
The House foreign relations committee
presented two sets'of resolutions,a majority
ami minority report. The majority reso?
lutions were for immediate armed inter?
vention without recognizing the independ?
ence of the island. The minority resolu?
tions were for recognizing its independence,
but wvre rejected and the majority resolu- 1
The latest news is that the two houses
have about agreed to the passage of reso- '
lutions for immediate armed intervention '
without recognizing the insurgent govern- '
It is understood that the President now ;
considers war almost unavoidable and will '
proceed to execute the will of Congress as
Spain declares that it intends to main
tain sovereignty over Cuba, and believes
it will be supported in this resolve by Eu?
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ACTS.
The President Directed to Intervene at l
Washington, April 13.?The House this
evening after an uproar that threatened
to end in a riot, adopted the resolution
directing the President to intervene in
Cuba at once with the army and the navy.
During the controversy between Mr.
Bailey, of Texas, and Mr. Johnson, of
Indiana, over the objections raised, the
lie passed between Mr. Brumm, of Penn?
sylvania, and Mr. Bartlett, of Georgia.
The latter threw a bound copy of the
Constitution at Brumm's head, but missed.
The gentlemen afterwards came to an
Then Mr. Gaines, of Tennessee, got
excited and used the top of members'
desks as a foot-path.
Mr. Johnson, of Indiana, a strong peace
man, was hissed roundly for declaring
that the baste to I'ut the t?ohitions ?
thtough was uionstroud. Ib.- n-tabattd by
denouncing the hissers as moral and physi?
The debate was short and pharp, the
rules committee bringing in a rule for
closing the speech-making to-day. The
minority resolutions weretirst rejected and
then the resolution was adopted by a vote
of 322 to 19. .
Jerry Jimpson voted against the reso?
l-.ill BUYING VESSELS.
The Navy Department Continues to Dis?
Washington, April 12.?On the advice
of the war board, the Secretary of the
Kavj has arranged to gather quite a for?
midable lleet on the PaciGc coast. All
shipping i Vinning out of ports in California,
Washington und. Oregon may have to be
protected in the event of war, chiefly from
privateers, so orders have been issued to
? fit four revenue cutters as gun boats, buy
three steam tugs and convert the coast
survey and one fish commission ship into
war vessels. These ten ships, with the
cruisers Philadelphia, Charleston, the
gunboats Yorktown and the monitors Mon?
adnock and Monterey, make a fleet of fif?
teen, ready to defend 'Frisco, Portland
and other cities.
Plans for protecting and arming the four
Morgan liners were perfected today. Tugs
at New Orleans and Mobile were ordered
bought, each to be made into a gunboat.
Overtures to the Navy Department for
the sale of the torpedo boat Holh.nd re?
sulted today in the appointment of a board
of naval officers to examine and report on
General Miles believes the time has ar?
rived for the immediate mobilization of
the regular army at Chickamauga Park,
and has made urgent recommendation to
the Secretary of War that necessary orders
be issued at once for moving four regi?
ments ii cavalry from the West and about
two-thirds of the iufantry stationed out
FITZ LEE IN WASHINGTON.
He Receives a Most Enthusiastic
Washington wont wild with enthusiasm
over General Lee to-day. From the time
be reached town this afternoon until late
to night he was the recipient of a succes?
sion of popular demonstrations. Every?
where Lee went the cheering crowds went.
To-night several thousand assembled in
front of his hotel and two bands serenaded
him. Enthusiastic shouts hailed him at
the station; at the State Department,
where he was welcomed by Secretary Sher?
man; at the White House when he was
telling his story to President McKinley?
everyw here, be was the hero of the hour.
To the Senate committee on foreign re?
lations Gen. Lee told of the Maine's de?
struction and placed the responsibility on
the Weylerite volunteers of Havana, whom
be called irresponsible and dangerous.
He said he believed Gen. 3lanco knew
nothing of the blowing up of the Maine.
Gen. Lee said that he believed that Con?
gress should not recognize the independence
of the Cuban government, but he was
6trongly of the opinion that measures to
end the war and give Cubans freedom
should be passed.
NOW READY FOR ACTION.
Foreign Relations Committees of Both
Hooses Agree on Report.
Washington, April 12.?Tomorrow will
witness the introduction of resolutions in
Congress recommending that the President
deal with the Cuban question. That it
will witness the disposition of them in
either branch is uncertain.
This representsthe situationat midnight.
The resolution agreed to by a majority
of the Republican members of the House
committee on foreign affairs this afternoon,
are said to open with a notable preamble,
arraigning Spain for her barbarities in
Cuba and demanding atonement' for the
destruction of the Maine. The resolutions
declare that Cuba should be free and inde?
pendent. The President is authorized to
intervene at once and stop the war in Cuba,
to the end that the people.shall be secured
a free government of their own, and he is
empowered to use the whole power of the
land and naval forces of the United States
to carry out the resolutions.
The full committee could not agree and
an adjournment was taken until 10o'clock
No arrangement has yet been made for
regulating debate on the report, but the
impression is that there will be some talk
extending over a day or more.
Tomorrow will be the all-important day
of the crisis. Today was spent in confer?
ences behind closed doors in the House
and Senate foreign committees, the result
of which will be the reporting of a resolu?
tion in each bouse tomorrow comprising
legislation to be enacted on the President's
message. The resolutions will be at once
taken up and when a vote ? reached it
will be known just bow and when hostili?
ties against Spain are to commence.
The resolutions to he finally adopted
will probably be the Fomker resolutions,
with recognition of independence omitted,
making armed intervention immediate. It
is expected that the House and Senate
committees will get together before Con?
gress meets tomorrow and decide on
one resolution, which will be re?
ported to both houses. The Democrats on
tiie committee who had decided to intro?
duce a resolution for the recognition of in?
dependence abandoned their plan late to?
night because of (Jen. Lee's advice. This
makes their position the same as the Re?
Washington, April 11. ?The consular cor?
respondence on Cuba which accompanied
the President's message covers Communi?
cations from Havana, Cienfuegos, Matan
zas, Santiago de Cuba and Sagua La
On November 23 Consul General Lee
stated that the insurgents would not accept
autonomy, neither would the large ma?
jority of the Spanish, but the authorities i
were sincere in their desire to relieve the
distress. Gen. Lee forwarded the com?
munications of two men standing high in
the community, which gave a vivid de?
scription of the miseries of the reconcen
trados in Los Losos, Havana. Women and
childred were dying from hunger, and cf
the 1,700 ho had entered this pen forj
humanity, but 243 were then living.
On December 3 General Lee told jf plots
against Americans in Matanzas and other
places, chiefly due to the volunteers. He
stated that Gen. Weyler's reconcentrado
order had transformed 400,000 self-sup
porting people iuto public charges.
Later Gen. Lee reported demonstrations
against autonomy and Gen. Blanco and
urged the ships to move promptly on Ha?
vana. When the Maine was sent Gen.
Lee insisted on keeping her there, or the
substitution of a first class battleship in
her place. It appeal's from the corres?
pondence that the first intimation the gov?
ernment had that the Maine bad been
blown up by the Spaniards came from
(Jen. Lee, who on February 22d said:
"Copper cylinders of ammunition found
intact in ten inch forward magazine on the
starboard side this morning. This seems
to show that the magazine never exploded.
Evidence in the beginning shows explo?
sion on the port side of the torpedo."
During March Gen. Lee kept the de?
partment informed of the relief of the des?
Reports from other consuls bear out the
press reports of the awful misery of the re
concentrados. These reports showed that
autonomy was a failure and the insurgents
were not pacified.
Consul Price, at Matanzas, describes the
harrowing scenes, saying that people were
shut up in towns like rats to starve.
Letters from Consul Barker, at Santa
Clara constitute one long story of distress,
sickness, destitution and death, the pic?
tures, even in plain language of official
communications, being revolting.
Consul Hyatt reported from Santiago
that at that end of the island there were
many thousand miles where Spanish sol?
diers never placed a foot. The insurgents
were in control. His picture of distress
was berrowing. Men were dying at hie
door. At the present death rate not a soul
would be left in the city in five years.
The consul at Sagua La Grande predicted
the failure of autonomy. No history o!
the world bad teen such dreadful suffer?
BEHIND AMERICAN GUNS.
Clara Barton Says That is the Only Plac?
Now for the Red C^'oss Society.
Tempa, Fla., April 11.?Clara Barton
who arrived this morning on the Olivetti
from Havana.said regarding the departun
of herself and assistants from Cuba, "thai
the distribution of food to the, reconcentra
dos was no loDger admissible, since wa
was imminent. It was now the duty of thi
Red Cress Society to retire from the threat
ened field, place itself behind Ameiicar
guns and await the call to duty. We wil
follow arny and navy giving relief to frient
and foe alike."
Spring humors, boils, pimples, eruptions
sores, may be completely cured by purify
iDg the blood. Hood's Sarsaparilla curei
it by enriching the blood.
OUR MURDERED SAILORS.
Down in Havana harbor,
In Cuba?fairy land,
On 15th day of February,
Eighteen hundred and ninety-eight,
Our sailor boys lay
Dow n to sleep, on
Board our battle ship?the Maine.
The night was calm.
The stars shone bright,
O'er land and sea.
Trusting in God, and
Our country's flag o'er head;
With silent prayers for
1/Oved ones far away,
They went to sleep.
Oh God, to sleep!
To sleep for ever more?
Tw o hundred and sixty-six?
Victims of Spanish treachery?
Down in Havana harbor.
Their bodies lie in
Spanish mud, with buzzards
Flying o'er our dead.
The wail of mothers
Rend the skies, and
Tears of sweethearts Hood the land.
Awake! Arise! My countrymen,
Men of the North, South, East
And West, clasp hands,
Turn loose the dogs
Of war and drive
Old treacherous Spain from
Cuba's land, and oil'the mam.
Move to the front,
Dear Uncle Sam, unfurl our flat:!
Let cannon boom on land and sea!
'Til Spain's torpedo lleet's
No more and Cuba land is free.
Tazewell, Va., 1, 6, '98. -M.
A Great Success.
The Epwortb League entertainment
which was given at the town hall on last
Saturday night was a decided success from
every standpoint. It was attended by the
largest audience that has been seen in the
hall for a long time, and the programme
was well executed throughout. The young
ladies who participated in the "Old Maids
Convention" wore very amusing costumes
and acted their parts well, while. Frank
Alexander, w ho played the part of Saman
that was a thing of beauty and awfully
funny. Some of the local hits gotten oil I
by the old maids were laughable and
pleased the audience.
Miss Lola Wells opened the entertain?
ment by reciting a medley. It was made
up of comic, pathetic and dramatic short
selections, and in its rendition Miss Wells
showed a bigh order of talent as an elocu?
tionist. The audience forced her to re?
spond to an encore. At another time she
gave a very beautiful pantomime of
"Nearer My God to Thee," the song be?
ing sung behind the scenes while Miss
Wells acted it in pantomime.
The entertainment was greatly strength?
ened by the music, which was furnished
by the Bluefield Orchestra. It is com?
posed of Mr. W. H. Campbell, as leader,
Mrs. R. V. Campbell, pianist, and Messrs.
H. B. Hawes, Walter Pearson, J. M. Gib
berson, Chas. Kinzer, C. W. Patterson,
J. S. Follansbee, Jack Samuels and -
Royal. The orchestra is an excellent one
and the music it rendered of a high order.
The League is not only very grateful for
its assistance but the people of Tazewell
iudebtedforthe beautiful music it supplied.
The pantomime recitation by the squad
of little girls was pretty and well done.
Much credit is due Miss Mag Strother
Witten for the success of the entertain?
ment, as she was chief manager and in?
structed those who took part in the "Old
Maids Convention,'' and drilled the little
From a financial standpoint the enter?
tainment was a success.
Circuit Court Proceedings.
Since our report of the proceedings of
the circuit court last week the following
business has been transacted on the. law
side of the court :
J. P. Sheffey and J. B. Rhea, adminis?
trators of Ellen F Shelley, vs. Geo. W.
Miller. This was a Euit upon purchase
money bonds, and resulted in a judgment
for the plaintiffs, subject to certain credits
on the bonds and an abatement of $75.UU
for a certain portion of the land of which
the defendant had not been placed in
Jno. W. Thoir.pson's administrator vs.
T. G. Witten et als. This was a motion to
quash an execution, ami was tried by a
jury. The jury found tiiat the execution
had not been paid, except as to certain
credits that had been placed thereon.
W. W. Witten vs. Adam Sinkford.
This is an action of ejectment. An order
for survey was made and the caae con?
H. W. O'Keefie vs. II. M. Smythe,
case continued until the next term.
B. M. Greever vs. C. D. Shell. This
was a suit brought by plaintiff against the
defendant for malicious prosecution. The
trial was begun on last Saturday, and was
concluded on Tuesday morning by the jury
bringing in a verdict for the plaintiff and
assessing his damages at ?200.00.
EL. Bowen vs. John R. Black et als.
Case continued until next term.
J. H. Eller & Company vs. Tazewell
Hardware Company. This case is now
being tried by a jury.
Death of Mrs. Hufford.
Our community was startled yesterday
morning by the intelligence that Mrs.
Augusta Virginia Hufford, wife of Dr. R.
D. Hufford, was dangerously ill. in fact
was in a dying condition. She had been
in ill health for some mouths,but had been
still going about attending to her domestic
and social duties. On Tuesday afternoon
she was stricken with a complication of
troubles, and soon passed into an uncon?
scious condition from which she could not
be rallied. This morning she died at six
o'clock. Her son Wallace had returned
to Roanoke College last Monday, but was
telegraphed for and reached his mothers
bedside last night at two o'clock, iso her
entire_ family, consisting of husband and
five children, surrounded her when death
Mrs. Hufford was a daughter of Capt.
Wm. Howe, was born in Pulaski county,
Va., and was 47 years old at the date of
her death. She was married to Dr. Huf?
ford in 1S76, and leaves five children,
three daughters and two sons. The de?
ceased was a most estimable, Christian
woman, a member of the Presbyterian
The funeral will iake place tomorrow at
ZEWELL, VA., THU
2 o'clock at the Presbyterian church and
the remains will be buried at the new
We extend our most heartfelt sympathy
to the family of the deceased.
On last Sat inlay afternoon Mr. E. H.
Witten, a young attorney of this place,
and Miss Jennie Watkins, daughter of Mr.
J. N. Watkins, of Grundy, Va., eloped to
Bristol, and were married at that place on
Sunday. Miss Watkins is quite young
being only fourteen years old,' and was
attending the High School here as a pupil.
She had been boarding with Mrs. T. W.
Ratliff. The father of the bride is a very
prosperdos merchant at Grundy. We bear
that the olny objection that had been
urged against the marriage was the youth
fulness of the bible. Mr. ami Mrs. Witten
have not yet returned.
"After reneated attacks of the grip I was
so weak I could hardly drag myself about.
I w;!s nervons, had palpitation of the heart
:.nd food did not agree with me. I began
taking Hood's Sarsaparillaand after taking
four bottles I resumed mv work and now
enjoy the best of health."" Mrs. M. F.
Muri ay, Stambach, N. C.
Hood's Pills are easy to take, easy to op?
erate. Cure indigestion, headache.
Spain Gets Vessels.
New York, April 12.?The steamships
Columbia and Xormania, of the Hamburg
American Line, have been sold fo the
Spanish Steamship Line,apparently for the
use of the Spanish navy. They had been
offered to the United states, but the offer
was not taken up in time.
A Hamburg cable reports the sale of the
Snale and the Spree, of the North German
Lloyd, to London brokers. It was not
knewn whether the United states or
American Line were to get them. The
manager of the American Line in this city
said that the vessels arc not for them.
A member of the House of Commons,
having written to the home of an acquaint?
ance to inquire of his health, received the
following peculiar answer: "In reply to
your kind letter to band this morning I
have to inform you of the unpleasant hews
that our dear brother has passed from
earth to heaven."
Recent excavations in the neighborhood
of Thebes have brought to light a pair of
scales something like those used by modern
phaimacists. They are finely finished,
and have a beam about five inches long.
Thomas Reddy,theson of Patrick Beddy,
an Indian trader, who is a native of Lim?
erick, Ireland, has been made chief of the
Winnebsgo Indians, of Wisconsin.
Don't Tobacro Spit and Smofce Your I.ifo Away.
To quit tobacco easily and forever, be ma?
nctic. fuil of life, nerve and vigor, take Xo-To
Ilac, the wonder-worker, thru makes weak men
strong. All druggists, sue or si. Curoguaran?
teed Booklet and sample free. Address
Sterling Ucmcdy Co., Chicago or New York.
RSDAY, APRIL 14,
MEETS A CHECK
In the Higher Freight and Insurance
FAIRLY GOOD BUSINESS SOUTH.
Iron Trade Reports a Large Volume of
Business But It is on Orders Previ?
ously Booked?Wheat Shipping
Bradfltreet'a report for last week said:
A sensible quieting of demand for staple
goods is perceptible in the various detailed
trade reports coming to band this week.
At the East the drift of matters affecting
our foreign relations has been such as to
discourage new business, but this tendency
has been considerably accentuated by un?
timely cold weather, which has checked
the usual Easter demand to a considerable
extent. Reports from the West a*e that
the heavy rush of Spring business is about
over and that orders coming in now arc of
a filling-in character. Here again reports
of unseasonable weather are met with.
?110? BUSINESS SOUTH.
A fairly good business is reported in the
South, but a alight check to our export
trade is reported, growing out of the rising
of freight and insurance rates consequent
[>n the dittui bed foreign outlook.
Frost is reported to have done consider?
able damage to the peach and other fruit
crops of the South and to early planted to?
A fairly satisfactory trade is reported at
the Northwest. Lake navigation is now
open, and anticipations are that a prospcr
3iis year's business will be done.
Rather less activity is noted in most of
ihc country's great staples. Cotton goods
lias moved fairly well, ginghams especially
being in excellent demand, and except for
low grade cottons?notably print cloths,
which have made a new low-]? ice record
if two cents per yard this week?the situa
[ion is as favorable as could be expected.
Wool is dull, reflecting uncertainty as to
future business and unsatisfactory margins
The iron trade continues to report a
large volume of business being done, but it
is becoming evident that this is chiefly
upon orders previously booked.
A feature of the trade at leading cities
Lhis week is the active business in bicycles
in Chicago and New York, where sales are
the largest on record.
Wheat shipments, including flour, this
week are slightly larger than those of last
iveek, and considerably in excess of last
Have You Read
Harrisson & Gi?sspie Bros'. Ad?
This Ad is Worth 50c to You.
Yon that have been following up what we say each week
in these columns will perhaps be a little surprised at our
continual harping on the subject of clothing. Our reason
for so doing is that the grades of clothing we sell admit of
a great deal of talk, not only in the store, but in the homes
of the purchasers.
XOS. 2400, 24G1 AND24C3,
Men's Suits, are especially worthy of a good deal of praise.
They are the best values we (or any other house in this
section) ever had on sale. Persons who have seen these
particular numbers believe this statement. Persons who
have bought them KNOW it is so.
We Will Allow You
A Credit of 50c.
on any Man's Suit you buy of us, (the above numbers ex?
cepted), if you will cut out this ad, write your name and
address on it, and bring or send it to us on or before the
expiration of 3D days from this date. Those who are not
acquainted with us, and who do not know the liberal pol?
icy of this store, may say: Oh yes, 1 see. The 51) cents
will be added to the price of the suit. To such person we
would say that there is no "monkey" work done here.
To our friends and acquaintances, we would make this
explanation?We otter this 50 cent credit for the sole pur?
pose of tracing the result of our advertising in these col?
umns, and to approximate, if possible, what per cent, of
our sales is the direct result of advertising in this paper.
We are willing to pay big money for this information. If
every one (who takes this paper) should accept this offer
it would cost us several hundred dollars?and we'd con
Eider the amount well invested. This ad. will be accepted
(as above stated) same as cash,
Harrisson & GiElespie Bros.
A Fruit Breakfast,
A Fruit Dinner,
A Fruit Supper,
It's probably safe to say that
80 per cent, of the people that you
and we meet with every day love
fruits with every meal. It's sensi?
ble, it's heathy too. Why, how
often do you hear the doctors say
"eat more fruit at meal times."
In the first showcase on the right of the entrance
to our store we have a display of our
California Evaporated Fruits?
You arc doubtless aware of the high
reputation and superior quality of
California fruits. We shall be pleased
to sell you a pound or a case. Prices
that will not make us rich.
Buston & Sons,
Leading Retailers of
There is Something . . .
About Our Easter Hats
This season that you will admire at
a glance. It is that touch of exqui
sitcncss, which the French call "chic."
We will not try to describe them.
We want you to see them. We be
lieve you will say that we have pretty
thorough knowledge of this season's
styles when you have seen them.
Picase come and bring your friends.
TAZEWEL MILLINERY CO.
California Peaches, 20c.; California Pears, 25c, and all kinds of f?
Canned Goods at lowest prices. /"\
0 _ c
fin BEST FLOUR on market, qualitv guaranteed, ?-5.50. CHOICE _
r HAY, 70 cents. K8
^ We pay one-half cash for Produce. Ring us up at Jackson's and
r~ give us a trial.
year, aggregating 3,773,726 bushels for that
period, against 3,550,004 bushels last week,
2,036,000 busbels in the week a year ago,
1,704,000 busbels in 1S9G and 2,934,000
busbels in 1895.
Corn exports have fallen off sharply, ag?
gregating 3,557,000 bushels against 4,507,
bushels last week, 4*645,000 bushels in the
week a year ago, 1,391,000 bushels in 1S96
and 814,000 bushels in 1895. Business
tail urea in the United States this week
number 220, against 220 last week, 232 in
the corresponding week of 1S97,230 in 189G
and 225 in 1S95.
Business failures this week in the Domin?
ion of Canada number 38, against 38 last
week, 32 in the corresponding week of
1S97, 30 in 1S96, 2G in 1895 and 38 in 1S94.
The Rev. W. H. Weaver, pastor of the
U. B. church, Dillsburg, Pa., recognizes
the value of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy,
and does not hesitate to tell others about
it. "I have used Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy,ho says, "and lind it to be an
excellent medicine for colds, coughs and
hoarseness." So does everyone who gives
it a trial. Sold by J. EL Jackson, druggist.
SCIENCE AND INVENTION.
The expedition of Major Gibbons, to
cross Africa from Cape Town to Cairo,
will have aluminum launches that may be
separated into sections for carrying.
Japanese matches threaten to drive out
the Swedish. The exportation, which was
190t!U gross of boxes in 1884, rose to !),000,
000 urcss in 1S92 and 18,000,000 gross in
lS'Jb'. The price per case of 7200 boxes is
$10.50. Japan now supplies China and
India and is working its way into the
A mixture of acetylene with oil gas, in
the propotion of one to three, has been
adopted on the Prussian state railways for
j lighting cars. Experiments have proven
the mixture to be safe, with much greater
j illuminating power than oil gas alone, and
? it can be used without any change in the
i gas holders or burners now employed.
The resident physician of the Bostou
city hospital has completed a study of 800
cases diphtheria at that institution, in
: which antitoxin was employed, and ma?
terially reduced the death rate. The
VELVET $3 Gal.
This famous brand is beyond all
doubt the finest Rye produced at
the price. We guarantee same.
6 full Qts. 4.50 per case.
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in the State that bears is" name.
Made by old copper still open fire
L. Lazarus & Co.
old VATgITdE 25o
This is a elegant three year old
Maryland Kyt pronounced by ex?
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Two years old, copper stilled by
open fire process.
L Lazarus and Go,
VA- WHITERYE $2.
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A pleasant, soft and elegant drink.
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Beware of Imitated Brands
By other dealers at supposed
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number of non-fatal cases was 679, and in
many of these, the physician says, the
patient would have succumbed but for the
antitoxin, "while in no case was there the
slightest indication of any injurious
If war comes we expect the X rays will
have to he used to locate some of the most
President McKinley in his message ably
maintains his position against recognizing
the existing insurgent government in Cuba.
He argues from precedent, policy, law and
morals. His arguments are unanswerable.
President McKinley says the ^var in
Cuba must stop.
When a man pursues one who is fleeing
from him and forces him to fight the pur?
sued generally inflicts great damage to the
pursuer. Spain may do the same thing
for the United States.
Congressmen threatened that they would
declare war if the President did not act,
and now when he places the matter in
their hands they growl and criticise him.
We wonder if Coin's financial school
will organize a company of volunteers for
the war ?
Spain will have to back down or there
will be war. Will she have sense enough
A plague on those politicians who want
to use our trouble with Spain for political
Castelar, the noted Spanish republican,
says the United States cannot blockade
Spanish honor. It can't be found, a sufli
cient reason for not blockading.
If war comes it is not likely to be a sixty
days picnic, as somepeople vainly imagine.
Mistaken notions of that kind have been
indulged in before.
Delay has enabled our government to
equip itself mucft better for war. It will
also give the jingoes more time to hunt
In a crisis like the present it is a fear?
ful thing to occupy the position of Chief
Magistrate. It is well the country has a
man in that position who is resolute,honor?
able and patriotic.
The Virginia Democrats are now shouting
themselves hoarse over Fitz Lee. A short
time iigo they were shouting for' pretty
Tommy Martin", and when the Senator?
ial race comes on next year they wiil be
doing the same thing, unless Fitz should
choose to become a silver "humbug''
The Republicans of R?anoke have deter?
mined to nominate no ticket in opposition
to the muncipal ticket recently nominated
in that city by the democratic machine.
An attempt to cross the Alps in a bal?
loon, starting from the Italian side, will be
made next Summer. The intention is to
keep at a height of 15,000 feet as long as
possible, and to take photographic views
and make scientific observations during